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Northern Ireland Assembly: Committee Business: Museums: Impact and Value (23 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: I beg to move That this Assembly approves the report of the Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure [NIA 38/10/11R] on its review into the impact and value of museums in Northern Ireland. I welcome the report and had something to do with instigating its subject matter. Before commenting on the substantive matter, I, as Deputy Chairperson, wish to express my gratitude to the people who...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Enterprise, Trade and Investment: Giant’s Causeway: Interpretative Centre (23 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: When we consider how testing an issue the interpretive centre at the Giant’s Causeway was for the Assembly four years ago, it is only right to congratulate the Minister on delivering that important project in conjunction with the key partners, the National Trust and Moyle District Council. What preparations are being made to use the new interpretive centre, as it will be, to enhance the...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Finance Ministers (15 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: 4. asked the Minister of Finance and Personnel if, since taking up office, he has had any contact or has held discussions with the former Irish Minister for Finance.  (AQO 1300/11)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Finance and Personnel: Finance Ministers (15 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: Let me return to the question of NAMA. Some £350 million of the NAMA loans relating to Northern Ireland property relate to buildings or projects that are in the course of construction. NAMA has said that it may be prepared to give loans so that those projects may be finished, if it makes financial sense to do so. Has the Minister raised that matter with NAMA representatives, and does he have...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Farm Mapping (15 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: 7. asked the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of whether there will be any significant problems when the new farm mapping exercise is completed.        (AQO 1288/11)

Northern Ireland Assembly: Agriculture and Rural Development: Farm Mapping (15 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: I thank the Minister for her answer. Has she ensured that an independent quality control mechanism is used for the mapping exercise? I ask that question advisedly because I have seen the operation being carried out and believe that there are distinct limitations to it. However, that is not a criticism of the LPS staff who are involved in it.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: I welcome the attention that the Minister gives to the SDLP document. I know that he will not admit it, but the attention and seriousness that he gives to it represents his inner view that that document represents the most serious challenge to the Budget that he is presenting. I ask the Minister to consider this: two years ago, we proposed in an earlier document that the money available in...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: At least, I have some respect for him when I do not think of the fiasco of RPA and local government. When we made that proposal two years ago, the now Environment Minister said that it would not be wise to touch the resources of Belfast port. Now he is a member of an Executive who are doing that very thing. I give that as an example to the Finance Minister and say to him that, if, instead of...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: I wonder whether the Minister will dismiss its 45 recommendations with the same derision that he has shown for the critical but constructive response that has come from this party. The section on strategic concerns uses language stronger even than that used by the SDLP. It says that the Budget: “fails to explain clearly the rationale and guiding principles behind the proposed departmental...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: This is not the Budget that we need. The challenge that was put to those parties — [Interruption.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: — by the Treasury was: can you do anything about these cuts that we are handing to you. [Interruption.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: That is what the Treasury asked. Those parties said no; we surrender. [Interruption.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: The Finance Minister has presented us with a not-an-inch Budget. The Budget will move us forward not an inch when it comes to our economy, our Health Service and our education system. I am pleased, therefore, to support the SDLP amendment and argue against the motion. I spoke previously about the lack of a Programme for Government, and my party leader reiterated that point this morning. There...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: I will not give way. We are back to putting a bet — [Interruption.] The facts speak for themselves. We are back to putting a bet on Departments dropping elements of their programmes. [Interruption.]

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: We know that difficulties will arise and that unforeseen things will happen. We have talked about the need for some contingency provision. We know about the things that have happened in the past. What if swine flu returns? What if there is a natural disaster? What if there is a major economic need, such as the one that arose with Bombardier? Not only do we have no contingency measure, but, if...

Northern Ireland Assembly: Executive Committee Business: Budget 2011-15: Programme for Expenditure (9 Mar 2011)

Declan O'Loan: Even if we accepted the Minister’s funny money — [Interruption.]


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